My second niece graduated from high school last night. It seems impossible that she is an adult already, about to head off into the future…and feeling like all of our futures may well be better because of her.
One of my favorite things through the years has been spending time with my nieces. Here are some pictures from the recent graduate’s murky past, in no particular order.
Just after midnight here, at home it was about 9 am
yesterday, my grandmother left this world.
I should, perhaps, feel sad. But, so far, I feel thankful. Very few people get to my age with an intact grandmother. She sent me a happy birthday email the day before she died. At almost the same time, I sent her an email with these flowers:
I should, perhaps, feel guilt, because I wasn’t there for
her at the end. But, so far, I’ve been remembering happily our last few visits.
Before we left, I took her youngest great-grandchild to see her. Our last visit
was our regular Wednesday night: sharing a glass of wine and laughing together
as we watch British sit-coms. Our good-bye ritual is for me to put each of her
two dogs in her lap for some loving attention. So, she got to say goodbye to the
pups, even though we didn’t know it would be their last goodbye.
At some point I may have different feelings, you don’t lose someone you have known for 57 years all at once, you don’t really lose them at all in some ways, and being so far away I haven’t perceived the changes in my life landscape yet. But, so far, I am not feeling regrets because I wasn’t there last night. Just happiness that I spent as much time with her as I have over the course of our lives, and it was very good time.
I am going to miss her, but, boy, am I lucky to have had her in my life.